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Focus: Economic Impacts
The benefits of ultra-broadband fiber go far beyond the profits of running a fiber-to-the-home network. Broadband brings business, adds flexibility to work patterns (allowing, for instance, telecommuting and telepresence), provides new educational opportunities and can improve health care.

Broadband Properties has been publishing the best research for many years. Here are some of the highlights.

Broadband Fiber Networks: The 21st –Century Crossroads
By Graham Richard, Graham Richard Associates LLC
States that want to attract and retain businesses need to encourage establishment of local fiber networks – and a fiber backbone to connect them.

Planned Community, Planned Communications Infrastructure
By Stephen Mayo, Inteleconnect Inc.
In the new town of Anson, Indiana, multiple service providers can deliver advanced services to residents and businesses over a common infrastructure.

"Broadband Access is Vital for Economic Growth and Social Coherence"
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
A Danish government minister welcomes the 2009 FTTH Europe Conference to Copenhagen and shares his insights about why broadband is critical for sustainability, economic development and social inclusiveness.

Fiber Connections Boost Business Productivity
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
Telecommuting, telepresence, business continuity, file transfer and cloud computing are just a few of the fiber-enabled applications that make businesses more productive.

Fiber to the Home Is Green Technology
By Steven S. Ross and Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
Evidence is emerging to show that fiber-to-the-home networks are a net benefit to the environment – and likely to become more so in the future. New tools allow providers to calculate the environmental costs and benefits of their networks.

Healthy Business: Home-Based Telemedicine Delivered Over Fiber
By Rob Scheschareg, MedConcierge
Market research shows that consumers in FTTH communities would welcome health and wellness amenities – and are willing to pay for these services.

Two Million Jobs and $134 Billion Saved by Deploying Broadband in Underserved Areas
Exclusive: We started with a state-by-state analysis commissioned by Connected Nation using Brookings methodology and extended the analysis to predict reductions in state unemployment rates.

Ultra-Broadband's Economic Bounty
By Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon
Verizon’s historic investment in FTTH will revolutionize the way we live and will revitalize our cities, says Verizon’s CEO – the man who more than any other pushed America into FTTH. His bet on fiber is paying off for Verizon and for the nation.

New Study: Only Japan is Ready For Next-Gen Apps
European research, funded by Cisco, finds Japan the only country prepared for consumer telepresence and other coming applications. The reason? Plenty of fiber to the home.

FiOS and the Economic Basis for The Coming Ultra-Broadband Age
By Linda A. Schoener, Technology Writer
In an exclusive must-read interview, Verizon Chief Economist Dennis C. Weller discusses FiOs investment and infrastructure deployment strategy.

The Research Files: Broadband and Economic Development
Summarizing and explaining in-depth studies by Mitch Renkow, North Carolina State University; R. David Lamie and David L. Barkley, Clemson University; Deborah M. Markley, University of Missouri – Columbia; Douglas E. Morris and Lyndon E. Goodridge, University of New Hampshire; Leslie Stoel and Stan Ernst, Ohio State University; Peter Stenberg, USDA Economic Research Service.

New Reports on Broadband and Economic Development
Broadband adoption in California generates new jobs, but the costs to the nation as a whole of failing to achieve universal broadband are "staggering".

Publicly Available Telepresence Systems
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
High-end videoconferencing, operating over high-end networks, may help to level the playing field for smaller cities.

Net Technologies, New Concerns, New Hopes for Economic Development
Report from the 2007 FTTH Council conference in Orlando, October 2007.

Telecommunication Infrastructure and Economic Development
By Doris Kelly, Black & Veatch
A decade of experience with municipal broadband in Cedar Falls Iowa makes the case: Broadband, like other infrastructure, makes communities more competitive in attracting new business and population.

Measuring Broadband’s Economic Impact
By William H. Lehr, Carlos A. Osorio
Sharon E. Gillett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marvin A. Sirbu, Carnegie Mellon University
From 1999 to 2002, American communities with broadband access did significantly better than those without, this detailed national survey shows.

 
 
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